On Feb. 12, 1990, a media company was born in the back of a diner in the Herkimer County, N.Y., town of Frankfort, a 15-minute drive east of Utica.
With studios and offices in the back of this watering hole, WKLL-FM 94.9 signed on the air with a Class B signal and a Classic Rock format. In 1992, it took the “KRock” brand it still uses today. The call letters honored the 18-month daughter of the station’s owners, Ed and Pam Levine.
Today, WKLL is the cornerstone for what is now called Galaxy Media Partners, a multi-faced media organization that perhaps best represents local media, focused on its home state of New York, as it enters the 2020s and its third decade of operations.